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Journal of Ovid (2709)

Sunday November 16, 2003
10:55 PM

Resignation Over Spam

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While I haven't received spam at my new email address, I just realized how futile it will be for me to try and stop it. My sister just sent me a "****** wants to talk to you" message that's apparently automatically generated by Microsoft Messenger or a Web site affiliated with it. Between that, evites, ecards, and tons of other "give us an email address and we'll let you annoy someone" systems, there's no way I can avoid having my new email address being sold. I'll be inundated eventually. I just wonder how long it will take.

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  • It's only inevitable if we allow it. Big changes will be necessary, but please don't throw your hands up in despair yet. Instead, fight it.

    Changing email addresses and obscuring your address is the equivalent of taking the long way to school to avoid the bully. It might save your ass getting kicked, but it doesn't solve the problem.



  • Plenty of spammers use dictionary attacks. You're thinking like a productively paranoid programmer. The point of spam is not to make sure all of the messages reach their intended destinations. The point of spam is to make sure enough reaches any destination that someone will buy the product.

  • I'm sure you've considered the idea already, but I'm curious why you don't want to use spamassassin. My server is running spamassassin version 2.60 and but oh my goodness, this version kicks butt. I typically get 2-3 spam a day that are false-negatives; versus 350 a day that are caught. (heh, checked that; it's up to 385 a day now). I occasionally check for false-positives and there have only been two in the last two weeks; both caused when I falsely tagged a message as spam in the bayesean filter.



    -DA []